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Morning Tailgate: Aug. 27

Posted by Taylor Price on August 27, 2012 – 10:30 AM

Fresh off the San Francisco 49ers’ 29-24 come-from-behind win in Denver, the Morning Tailgate has all the top headlines from the team’s second preseason win of 2012.

Sunday’s win was a hard-fought effort that saw the 49ers score 19 unanswered points in the second half to beat the Broncos on the road. All four 49ers quarterbacks led scoring drives, leaving the coaches with plenty to contemplate as they put together the quarterback depth chart. By 1 p.m. PT, the team will trim its roster to the mandatory 75-man limit. Currently, the 49ers have 89 players on the team.

Many of those 89, including running back Anthony Dixon, were singled out by Jim Harbaugh following Sunday’s victory. Eric Branch of The San Francisco Chronicle highlighted Dixon’s hard-running in his game notebook. The 49ers coach mentioned many of his hard-workers, a list that featured 355-pound guard Leonard Davis, who lined up as an extra blocker with the first-team offense.

Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com noted Dixon and Davis’ efforts in his game notebook.

“(Davis) is eager to please,” Maiocco wrote. “And he likes his new role, which was unveiled on Sunday when he was used throughout game at tight end as an extra blocker.”

Maiocco also notes that Kyle Williams could begin the regular season as the 49ers starting punt returner following Ted Ginn Jr.’s ankle injury against the Broncos. Harbaugh told reporters Ginn Jr.’s x-rays were negative.

Matt Barrows of The Sacramento Bee offers his game story from Denver which includes details on Colin Kaepernick’s impressive play. Barrows: “Colin Kaepenrick had a strong game in going 4-4 for 80 yards and rushing twice for 11 yards. Kaepernick, who played the third quarter, connected with Kyle Williams for a 46-yard catch-and-run play, the 49ers’ longest pass play of the preseason and a pass described by Harbaugh as ‘a laser.’”

Cam Inman of The San Jose Mercury News offers his game observations, plus Alex Smith’s thoughts on airing out a deep pass to Randy Moss, who was triple-covered on the play.

ESPN.com’s Mike Sando revisits his three pre-Broncos observations for the 49ers.

FoxSports.com lists 49ers defensive tackle Justin Smith as one of the league’s most underrated players. “There are very few defensive players in this sport that offensive coordinators build entire gameplans against. DeMarcus Ware is one, Darrelle Revis is one, and Justin Smith is one. Smith gets respect, but isn’t often in the conversation of “Best Defensive Players in the NFL,” and he should be. He’s the engine to that top-ranked 49ers defense. An absolute bull, he’s nearly impossible to block both on the rush and the pass. Teams lose sleep over Justin Smith.”

49ers.com’s preseason coverage included a game story on the 49ers edging the Broncos in the second half, a look at Perrish Cox’s return to Denver and David Akers’ continued excellence, plus a video recap of the game and our latest Cover 2 segment.


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45 Responses to “Morning Tailgate: Aug. 27”

  1. By ELEVEN YEARS WITH ALEX on Aug 27, 2012 | Reply

    wow kaepernick looks real good good release and timing with the receivers is pretty good considering he is back up …..all 3 games#1 defense looks suspect ….guys looked really bad against payton …he marched down like he knew the whole defensive playbook …..ouch ….

  2. By ELEVEN YEARS WITH ALEX on Aug 27, 2012 | Reply

    defense ..D kaepernick..B… team effort to pull out a win …A special teams ..A

  3. By ELEVEN YEARS WITH ALEX on Aug 27, 2012 | Reply

    I sure hope alex has gotten better because we are going to need 28 points to stay with these teams this year ….our defense has been gone over and looks like teams are ready for us …..have to put up points and keep it close ….this season is going to be rough……

  4. By cshack1 on Aug 27, 2012 | Reply

    Dude (11 years) it is the pre-season. get over it. we stunk last year in the pre-season and we killed it all year long. This will see a return to the 49er glory of the 80’s. Mark my words. Coach from stanford, Check. Underrated QB, Check. Strong running game and defense, Check.

  5. By Lew on Aug 27, 2012 | Reply

    You are right eleven years! our def does not look good at all and they better figure it out soon we are going up against some real elite qb’s this year; its one to practice against alex smith but he does not prepare the def for the bradys,breez’s and aaron rogers of the world. But some of you on the fourm just love alex smith….I do not see why

  6. By way2sicc on Aug 27, 2012 | Reply

    eleven is a hater

  7. By way2sicc on Aug 27, 2012 | Reply

    manning to lance ball was over larry grant, bowmans backup. bowman would have been all over that one. and the 2nd Decker Td was over brock the 4th string CB. Harbaugh is smart and is hiding as much as he can offensively and defensively. Aldon smith wasnt on the field either.

  8. By roodles111 on Aug 27, 2012 | Reply

    i just read tymes got cut, smart move by harbaugh, slippping him through early, to get him on practice squad, he looked good in preseason, good hands, good size, coming from small school, i know he is raw, but for sure very talented, development kind of player, will be better than crabtree

  9. By Armchairscout on Aug 27, 2012 | Reply

    Our starters and players with guaranteed contracts are going to play hard, but not as hard as players trying to make the team or as hard as they will during the regular season, because this is exhibition and they do not want to injure themselves and Harbaugh isn’t going to show the rest of the NFL his game plan, so don’t get disheartened by our poor defensive showing in the first half.

  10. By ColdBlooded1168 on Aug 27, 2012 | Reply

    @ Way2sicc: thank you for saying it first. Some people on here (11 years of being a hater) just don’t get it. Yeah, Manning looked good dissecting a vanilla defense, as he should. He should be able to see the mismatches. I would expect a QB of his caliber to do so. Harbaugh knows what he’s doing. We’re fine, it’s just preseason folks. I’m sure come GB well see the really Niners show up. GO NINERS!!!!

  11. By #1 D-FENSE 2012 on Aug 27, 2012 | Reply

    we stayed in man coverage darn near the whole game, a defensive scheme we dont use might I add. we play a 3-4 cover 2 scheme and run different alignments and personel from that base set, and we didnt do ANY game planning,it was quite obvious denver did some, and we were showing peyton manning man coverage the whole time,,hello? of course he would do well, geez its only pre-season, im quite sure coach fangio has one hell of a game plan instore for green bay

  12. By ELEVEN YEARS WITH ALEX on Aug 27, 2012 | Reply

    sure sure but this is the dress rehersal and manning ran down the field as well as mcgehee with good runs ….just saying hope it is not what is to come

  13. By #1 D-FENSE 2012 on Aug 27, 2012 | Reply

    the only thing I would say that I was a bit concerned with was the o-line, alex got hit pretty hard a few times and denver was constantly pushing them backwards, still some work to do,,,,or was it greg roman running a different blocking style than the one he plans on using in the regular season? aahh, pre-season intrigue

  14. By #1 D-FENSE 2012 on Aug 27, 2012 | Reply

    we didnt do very well at all in last years dress rehersal as well,
    lets give harbaugh and fangio and staff the benefit of the doubt
    remember, its the team hitting on all cylinders in late dec that has the best chance of reaching the super bowl, not the one playing great in early sept.

  15. By Randy K. on Aug 27, 2012 | Reply

    How on earth can you talk about winning in preseason? Will you media types just give it a rest? It’s a joke.

  16. By iswordsman on Aug 27, 2012 | Reply

    I agree with Troy Aikman; Scott Tolzein will rise to the second QB spot and eventually take over the team- but not this year. He’s gonna feel like Aaron Rodgers sitting down and playing with the B and C squads. All this lad needs is seasoning, his tools are already the best on the team in many phases. Quick reads and decision making a la Montana, lightning release a la Marino, accuracy like Brady-Manning-Brees. Admittedly does not have the wheels of CK or the extreme downfield arm (what,15% of QB position?) but you cant coach what he brings between his ears.
    just sayin folks…

  17. By #1 D-FENSE 2012 on Aug 27, 2012 | Reply

    many good things can be pointed out from yesterdays game though,leonard davis was rhino like with his blocking lined up as a tight end, that is a formation I am looking forward to watching closely, randy moss streaking downfield with 3 defenders around him must have had greg roman’s mouth watering at the chances that will open up for the rest of the offense. kaepernick looked great, tolzein and johnson both led scoring drives, this teams cuts will be other teams gems

  18. By #1 D-FENSE 2012 on Aug 27, 2012 | Reply

    @ iswordsman, I agree with you completely on tolzien

  19. By #1 D-FENSE 2012 on Aug 27, 2012 | Reply

    his career at wisconsin was off the charts, record setting qb rating 153.6 I believe
    his mechanics,decision making,release point,ability to go through progressions rapidly,all appear to be starter worthy, we cant risk losing this kid to arizona, or any other team for that matter, last years game 4 of the pre-season I watched live at the game how tolzien can spint it. the guy just gets it. he has that ” IT ” factor that you just cant coach

  20. By Basil on Aug 27, 2012 | Reply

    seems like wisconsin is becoming a QB collage, seagulls QB out of wisconsin Russell Wilson beat out Flynn the one game wonder from GB! But ya never know what Carroll will do next??

  21. By "N"iner "F"or "L"ife on Aug 27, 2012 | Reply


  22. By #1 D-FENSE 2012 on Aug 27, 2012 | Reply

    the players released today have been posted the only notable cut I thought was jason slowey, thought the kid was doing well, glad we kept hampton,thursday’s game will be the battle of the back-ups, I am looking forward to seeing chris owusu get some extended playing time

  23. By Basil on Aug 27, 2012 | Reply

    Ginn, not sure why we even ran that play, I thought I saw a couple of plays that were questionable, One I didn’t like the way that guy twisted Ginn’s ankle, and a hit on Alex spearing? These replacement officials are gonna make it tough for everybody, but everybody’s gonna have to live with it …

  24. By We got this on Aug 27, 2012 | Reply

    In watching the game it doesn’t look like the miners are truly showing much. It looks pretty vanilla to me. It is worrisome but I have a feeling they are holding back a little bit

  25. By Montana2Rice4Ever on Aug 27, 2012 | Reply

    Seriously? Our play book is still on ice. Only question on the o-line is Anthony Davis. You really shouldn’t read so much into this, cuz coach harbaugh would be a fool to let people see our reads before we go into lambeau week 1. He is not a fool.
    Also, stop talkin’ like Alex has competition. He has earned this, and will deliver this( Lombardi trophy, that is). Colin has done well and will be a dude hard to keep next year. Alex has fought through unreal odds to still be there, still be the starter, etc…
    I think the whole team has played beautifully this preseason. This is us keeping our poker face up til the hand is done. Sorry, packers, you have to be the message. Hope everybody gets it.

  26. By bow9ers53 on Aug 27, 2012 | Reply

    i’m really concern about o-line here, hopefully they improve on this…..cuz the broncos are playing like there already in the playoffs, my take here is 49ers were holding back on the game or playing safe…..will i guess the last pre-games we won’t see any of the starter….

  27. By L.Jordan49 on Aug 27, 2012 | Reply

    harbaugh has been game planning for the packers for weeks now so none of these teams are getting nothing in terms of game planning and im sure the team has caught own so there not getting one hundred

  28. By truefaith49 on Aug 27, 2012 | Reply

    dnt ever disrespect the d like that eleven,,,, its preseason!!!! niners always play vanilla in preseason,, there is no need for the starters to pull a hammy just to prove a point two weeks before it really matters,,, hahaha why people would go so much off preseason games is beyond me

  29. By Basil on Aug 27, 2012 | Reply

    Alex has earned this True! he’s taken a lot hits to get too where he is today. But I think our O’line should be playing much better then they are/did, and that has nothing to do with preseason!

  30. By As far as the off line is concerned I would like to see Leonard Davis start the last preseason game and see what happens.rjdniner on Aug 27, 2012 | Reply

    1def you’re as you say it SPOT ON about Tolzin I hope he gets to play a lot more like a full period ,you can bet other teams are looking at him…

  31. By Tolzien on Aug 27, 2012 | Reply

    u know Jim H. is not showing anything and not pressuring opposing Qbs on purpose. letting our secondary get some practice so that we’ll be ready for brees, rogers, brady, etc. this is pre season.. we haven’t played yet. everyone should just calm down.

  32. By ThunderCloud21 on Aug 27, 2012 | Reply

    Don’t worry about the Niner’s performance in the 1st Half… the defense did not show anything new…that’s being saved for the regular season! Kaepernick looks really good, but he still needs much more experience! The Question is this: Tolzien or Johnson for the 3rd QB? My gut tells me Johnson may have the advantage because of league experience (Scott T. was a rookie last year). Dixon may not make the team…Too many RB’s…they may be showcasing him to other teams. Kyle Williams is working really hard…and I like it! I think he’ll make the final cut.

  33. By Jack Meoph on Aug 27, 2012 | Reply

    Colin will be starting this year, I know a lot of you dont agree but he looked VERY impressive yesterday. You heard it here first….

  34. By #1 D-FENSE 2012 on Aug 27, 2012 | Reply

    well thundercloud, I was thinking that very same thing about dixon,we will know for sure this thursday, looking forward to seeing kap and tolzien get extended playing time

  35. By 805faithful on Aug 27, 2012 | Reply

    I know it’s only preseason. And I know we’re are not opening the play book. But it really concerns me to see A. Smith perform like he always has. He still holds onto the ball until it’s too late which leads to bad decisions or sacks. And his lack of vision down the field. Especially now with our great additions. That’s if they ever get the ball thrown to them. We got lucky with the V. Davis catch but P. Manning ripped our defense a part like nothing. Our CB’s just watched Manning throw the ball instead of making plays towards the ball. I really want to see what S. Tolzien can do with with our starters. Because the way he huddles and commands our offense and how accurate he throws leaves me to believe he could be our guy. Our own D. Brees.

  36. By Dave on Aug 28, 2012 | Reply

    Lets get it together offensive line!!!

  37. By ELEVEN YEARS WITH ALEX on Aug 28, 2012 | Reply

    yeah and same old alex ….3rd and long ……..sack ..because he is looking downfield at 1 guy and not reading the blitz and looking for the open guy ……sad

  38. By bow9ers53 on Aug 28, 2012 | Reply


  39. By Basil on Aug 28, 2012 | Reply

    The line between Fantasy FB and 9er fandom? Know a guy who is a (9ers fan?) he tells me that he picked rogers #1 as his QB .. I don’t play F FB, but somehow this doesn’t seem right?
    What happens on 09/09 … ? would players here do that?

  40. By As far as the off line is concerned I would like to see Leonard Davis start the last preseason game and see what happens.rjdniner on Aug 28, 2012 | Reply

    BASIL. Fantasy football is nothing to me but a waste of time and I consider it a JOKE.

  41. By #1 D-FENSE 2012 on Aug 28, 2012 | Reply

    some people dont understand PRE-SEASON FOOTBALL,,,@ 805faithful, read my post above with 16 thumbs up, it will explain to you a bit how the defense played against peyton and the broncos, just a little insight

  42. By Basil on Aug 28, 2012 | Reply

    Thursdays preseason game is a lot more then that really, its what these guys have been working for the past 10-15 years? To make it this far with this team they have to be pretty good, and all they can hope for is that last chance, to get into the game and make that play. And if they don’t make our squad good chance they’ll get picked up?
    I wish all these guys the very best ………………

    IMHO Tolzien our #2 QB

  43. By gary potter on Aug 28, 2012 | Reply

    11: 5-7 need i say more?? go read bleacher report

  44. By Basil on Aug 28, 2012 | Reply

    last pre`game our #1’s play the first half? I understand nothing will be shown, with being said I hope the O-line will help keep Alex upright, Would like to see him have a pocket like manning
    had, for whatever the reason he had it, I’d like the same for our Guy1

  45. By As far as the off line is concerned I would like to see Leonard Davis start the last preseason game and see what happens.rjdniner on Aug 28, 2012 | Reply

    This is what I would like to see Tolzien starts with the first group, could it happen not really.

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